GLOBALAB: Six Steps to Global Citizenship

Financia: Erasmus+ de la Unión Europea – KA2
Fechas del proyecto: 01/06/2015-01/06/2017
Duración: 24 meses
Lugar de celebración: Lorca, España; Lituania, Bulgaria, Chipre.
Grupo destinatario: Jóvenes.

Descripción

EU aims to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy in this fast-changing and interconnected world. These 3 mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. However, the process of EU development is affected by economical, social and political situation throughout the globe. Migration trends, increasing diversity in the societies, military conflicts and economic sanctions makes a significant impact of the EU citizens, as EU plays an important role in the global market as one of the biggest economies. Furthermore, EU as the biggest donor plays an important role in eradicating global poverty, promoting justice, human rights and sustainable ways of living throughout the world.

The Special Eurobarometer No.421 shows that although a large number of young people in Europe support the EU development policies, only 1/5 of the youngsters have a strong belief that the global development and support to poorer can has a positive impact to the lives of the EU citizens. Furthermore, only a very small percentage of youngsters have a strong belief that they as individuals can play an important role in tackling global poverty (6% in LT, 4% in BG, 10% in CY and 21% in ES). One of the reasons of such results might be the lack of understanding, how the world is connected, how the decisions made in EU affect the lives of people around the world, and how the problems and disasters that happen in other parts of the globe affect the lives of EU residents. Moreover, the youngsters lack of knowledge and skills for active civic engagement in meeting the global challenges. They lack of understanding that active civic participation or the change of individual habits and behaviors can make an impact to people and countries living in other parts of the world.
Europe needs citizens who are able to critically assess the issues and identify their approaches in local, national, European and global contexts. It needs citizens who are sensitive for the issues having impact for sustainable development of the EU and the whole globe and are able to take and active role towards contributing to sustainable development of the whole world. In order to foster active civic participation in the growth of the EU as well as contribute to the sustainable global development, they need to understand the reasons of the global issues, their consequences to the European and global society and to be able to take an active civic role towards making the world more sustainable. Furthermore, they need to become tolerant towards people of different origins, ethnicities and cultures living in their neighborhoods in order to ensure sustainable growth of their local communities.
Year 2015 is announced as the European Year for Development. This is a perfect opportunity to pay people’s attention to the global development issues and their effects to the European community, as well as to to inspire more Europeans to get engaged and involved in development. This is the perfect time for providing young people with new global learning opportunities and promoting the concept of active global citizenship in partner countries.
The present project is meant for increasing opportunities for young people in Lithuania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Spain to gain more knowledge, skills and change their behaviors necessary to meeting the global challenges and taking an active civic role to cope with them. It aims to broaden civic participation of young people and enable them to contribute to meeting global challenges through local civic actions. This will be done by improving the quality of youth work and joining efforts of youth and educational bodies towards making young people promoters of global citizenship.

Objetivos

1. To identify key characteristics of a future global citizen, that are relevant to young people in partner countries;
2. To provide a 6-steps approach for youngsters to build active global citizenship skills, so they became promoters of the fundamental values, such as solidarity, tolerance and respect for diversity, equality, justice and peace in the society;
3. To build synergies between field of youth and education for fostering civic actions of youngsters towards sustainable future of the communities in Europe and around the world.

Socios del proyecto
  • Global Citizenship Academy – Lithuania.
  • PRO EUROPEAN NETWORK – Bulgaria.
  • CYPRUS NEUROSCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE, Chipre
  • Asociación Cazalla Intercultural, Spain

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